Central Iowa Alumnae Panhellenic Association

July Newsletter

Join us for our July social event

Pedal for Panhel

Tuesday, July 14 at 5:00pm

Meet at Orlondo's
4337 Park Ave, Des Moines

Join us for a fun, Greek alumnae summer social!

We'll meet at Orlondo's (4337 Park Ave, Des Moines) at 5pm to socialize.

Then around 5:30pm we'll bike to Cumming Tap (117 N. 44th St., Cumming) for Tacopocalypse Tacos (8.3 miles).

You're welcome to join us via car, if you like!

RSVP here.

June Service Project Impact

Our June service project was a great success. We donated a meal to the Young Moms Support Group at the Young Women's Resource Center in an effort to support our community.

A special thank you to these ladies:
Denise Boring, Kappa Alpha Theta
Emily Brown, Sigma Kappa

Barb Cannon, Alpha Phi
Toye Cody, Alpha Gamma Delta
Jill Curry, Alpha Phi
Janelle Jacobsen, Sigma Kappa
Karla Ralston, Kappa Alpha Theta
Lynne Rockers, Kappa Alpha Theta
Shannon Stump, Delta Delta Delta
Amy Tincher-Durik, Alpha Delta Pi

Video: Advancing Sorority Together

Check out and share this great video from the
National Panhellenic Conference about sorority women.
(Click on the image above to watch.)

Learn the Lingo & Meet Your Board

The recently chartered Central Iowa Alumnae Panhellenic Association (CIAPA) brings with it a whole new set of jargon and specific terms. Here’s a little “primer” so you’ll know the lingo:

CIAPA is organized as an ASSOCIATION. That means that each of the 26 NPC-recognized sororities/women’s fraternities is eligible for ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP. You just have to join and pay dues to become an active member. Active members have one vote per group.

There are two ways to join CIAPA – either as a GROUP MEMBER or as an INDIVIDUAL MEMBER. Group members are those groups that have an organized/active alumnae chapter in the area. Individual alumnae can join representing their NPC group if there is no organized alumnae chapter in the local area. Both group members and individual members can vote on the CIAPA Board. There can also be ASSOCIATE & AFFILIATE MEMBERS of CIAPA. These include women’s Greek groups that are not part of NPC but might be active on a campus as a local sorority. Associate members do not have a vote on the CIAPA Board.

Each active member identifies a DELEGATE and ALTERNATE DELEGATE to represent their group on the CIAPA BOARD. The CIAPA BOARD meets quarterly to plan and conduct the business of the association. Although both delegates and alternate delegates are encouraged to attend all board meetings, each active member has only one vote.   

As needed, the EXECUTIVE BOARD can meet to conduct business between quarterly board meetings. The executive board includes the four CIAPA ELECTED OFFICERS: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. The officers are elected by the full board. In CIAPA the president is not filled by a rotation-system [like NPC] but rather by election of the full board. Officers must be current delegates of their group.

Currently CIAPA has three STANDING COMMITTEES: Events (social), Community Outreach, and Fraternity Education & Communication. The CHAIR of a standing committee must be an active delegate but all alumnae are eligible and encouraged to get involved in committee work. Look for more information about our committees in our August CIAPA Newsletter.
MEET YOUR BOARD [these officers will serve until elections in spring 2016]:
Alpha Chi Omega – Laura Michele, Community Outreach Chair
Alpha Delta Pi – Tabatha Cruz, Secretary
Alpha Gamma Delta – Linda Leave, Treasurer and Toye Cody
Alpha Phi – Barb Cannon, President and Carol Freeman
Alpha Sigma Alpha – Ainslee Barnes and Faith Lovejoy
Delta Delta Delta – Tara Ely and Andrea Woodard
Delta Gamma – Rebecca Rabideaux, Fraternity Education & Communication Chair
Delta Zeta – Kim Trautman and Carrie Malone
Gamma Phi Beta – Jaimie Miller
Kappa Alpha Theta – Lynne Rockers, Vice President
Kappa Delta – Caitlin Lawyer and Katie Shields
Kappa Kappa Gamma – Meg Downing and Liz Tesar
Sigma Kappa – Emily Brown, Events Chair
Zeta Tau Alpha – Natalie Gulbranson and Kaci Kuhlhepp Conetzkey
If you have questions or want to learn more about our structure and lingo, request a copy of the CIAPA BYLAWS or contact President Barb Cannon,

Going Greek - Sorority Formal Recruitment Registration Open

Encourage students headed to school this fall to check out sorority formal recruitment. Here are the links to recruitment registration at these schools:

Iowa State University - August 14-20
University of Iowa - August 27-30 and September 4-7
Drake University - September 9-13
University of Northern Iowa - September 9-13
Simpson College - TBA

Sorority Experience Resource for Women & Parents

Great resources for young women and their parents who are considering Greek life are available from the National Panhellenic Conference - and These websites include accurate information about joining a sorority and the recruitment process. Share these resources with any students or parents you know who may be considering sorority life.

Also, follow these resources on social media for great insight:
The Sorority Life Facebook
The Sorority Life Facebook
The Sorority Life Twitter
The Sorority Life Twitter
Sorority Parents Blog
Sorority Parents Blog

Upcoming Events: Save the Dates!

Read, Bike, Run event
Windsor Heights Community Center
Friday, August 7

Volunteer with us as we serve our community at this fun event, coordinated by Reach Out and Read. More details TBA.
ISU Greek Alumni Reception
ISU Alumni Center
Friday, October 30
at 5:30pm

Join us at the Iowa State University Greek Alumni Alliance event before the Homecoming Pep Rally. Hickory Park dinner and a cash bar will be available. ISU alumni and friends of ISU are welcome! Stay tuned for more information.

We have many more fun events planned for the rest of the year, including a Greek Family Tailgate BBQ, Bunco Party and community philanthropy. Stay tuned for more details!

Current Member Organizations

CI APA Current Members Include:
(Current members have paid annual dues)
Alpha Chi Omega*
Alpha Delta Pi*
Alpha Gamma Delta*
Alpha Phi*
Alpha Sigma Alpha*
Delta Delta Delta*
Delta Gamma*
Delta Zeta
Gamma Phi Beta*
Kappa Alpha Theta*
Kappa Delta*
Kappa Kappa Gamma*
Sigma Kappa*
Zeta Tau Alpha

*charter members
We welcome other NPC groups to join!

If your group is not represented or if you know of other NPC groups in the area who could join, please contact Barb Cannon at

Panhellenic Creed

We, as Fraternity Women, stand for service through the development of character inspired by close contact and deep friendship of individual fraternity and Panhellenic life.

The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to live.

Central Iowa Alumnae Panhellenic Association Email
Central IA Alumnae Panhellenic Association Facebook
National Panhellenic Conference Facebook
National Panhellenic Conference Twitter
National Panhellenic Conference Website
National Panhellenic Conference YouTube
National Panhellenic Conference Blog

President: Barb Cannon,
Alpha Phi
Vice President: Lynne Rockers,
Kappa Alpha Theta
Treasurer: Linda Leave,
Alpha Gamma Delta
Secretary: Tabatha Cruz,
Alpha Delta Pi

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